Pittsburgh Steelers Five Most Irreplaceable Players

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The Pittsburgh Steelers may be considered a long shot to be crowned Super Bowl Champions for the upcoming season. They do however have a realistic chance of winning the AFC North for the first time since 2010. If they want a chance to compete for the division crown they will need pretty much everyone to remain healthy throughout the year. Some players health are more important than others though. This list contains the top five players the Steelers can ill afford to lose for the 2014 season. 

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  • John Beckwith

    I think 3 years ago you could argue Big Ben was the most irreplaceable, but not anymore. Steelers need to move back to the ground and pound game they’ve always been known for.

    • Scott

      I respectfully disagree. Without Ben at QB the running game would be stuffed as there would be little if any threat from the passing game. You need Ben at the helm making the passing game effective to open the running game .

      • John Beckwith

        The BEST player on the team? There is plenty of talent I would put ahead of him (Pouncey, Brown, to name a few) and easily 12 other QB’s in this league I would put ahead of him.

        • Craig

          I would LOVE to hear the list of these other 12 QB’s. I’ll wait….. Be careful, your credibility is already teetering because you’ve said that Pouncey is better.

          • John Beckwith

            You won’t have to wait–no particular order: brees, brady, manning, newton, Rodgers, Wilson, rivers, kaepernick, luck, foles, matt ryan, alex smith. Nobody wants to admit but Roethlisberger is trending down.

          • Craig

            And what do you even base this off of?

          • John Beckwith

            Football games–ever heard of them?

          • SDAZT_STEEL

            You mean the same Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, and Andrew Luck who have won a postseaon game each between them?

            Philip Rivers who has never advanced to a Super Bowl? Cam Newton and Nick Foles who have failed to win a postseason game? And Colin Kaepernick who has yet to win one?

            Last time I checked, they played football games in the postseason too.

          • John Beckwith

            Listen, this is coming from a lifelong Steelers fan. I will bet you DOLLARS to DOUGHNUTS Big Ben doesn’t win another playoff game. I’m sorry–those championships were won on the other side of the ball. And yes I’m talking the same Matt Ryan (with an almost identical QBR), Cam Newton (who is just better–anybody with eyeballs can see that), Nick Foles (see Cam Newton) and Andrew Luck, just stop you’re making yourself look REALLY bad.

            8-8. Book that SDAZT_STEEL.

          • Craig

            I like glazed and boston cream doughnuts – I’ll take a dozen when he notches a win next season.

          • John Beckwith

            Ok Craig–I don’t know what evidence or metrics you use (Big Ben’s greatest strength is passing the eye ball test) so if qualitative and quantitative data isn’t sufficient for you, you are in BIG trouble. Big Ben is a house of cards and one injury to Antonio Brown or Pouncey can have the whole thing crumbling down–but when they go 8-8 at least you’ll still think he’s irreplaceable when he’s 40.

          • Craig

            Metrics and evidence – yards, avg., TD’s, etc etc etc. He stacks up better than most of who you think are so much better. He’s a PROVEN winner and knows how to get the job done and puts the Steelers in the best position to win, week in and week out. As long as he and Haley jive with the play calling and no huddle, he’s going to have even better numbers than last season – and last season were career numbers. How is that trending down?

            His time will come. And, it will be before he’s 40. And when that time comes, I won’t have any qualms with wanting a replacement in there. Until then, he irreplaceable.

            Again you keep using Pouncey yet the Steelers went 6-2 in the second half of the season without him. Seems pretty replaceable to me. Steelers are a sub .500 club without Big Ben.

          • John Beckwith

            I’m not saying Big Ben isn’t good. He’s good. But he is replaceable, especially if you look at the younger alternatives. Pouncey is a top 3 Center in the league. Only 1 or 2 guys that could actually replace him–and if you think a record for any player is a good way to judge you are out of your mind, Matt Cassell went 11-5 one year.
            And the reason he had “career” numbers is because he had the most passing attempts in his career last year–and they missed the playoffs–go back to ground and pound like I mentioned.

          • SDAZT_STEEL

            Ah yes, go back to ground & pound. That strategy worked like a charm last fall, and it only dug the Steelers into 10 & 14 point holes early in games during their 2-6 start.

            Had you been as astute as you claim, it was illustrated last year that this team is best equipped to win in “11” personnel packages as a pass-first offense because it puts the most athletic play-makers on the field, forces defenses to account for pass receivers not named Antonio Brown, puts sub-packages on the field & less stacked boxes which suits a back with Le’Veon Bell’s skill-set best, and opens things up for the run game overall. If you don’t believe me, watch the Detroit game last year or any moment last fall when the offense effectively moved the football.

            Inserting useless players like Will Johnson, Matt Spaeth and David Paulson into the game over guys who can force defenses to account for them instead of keying on Miller, Brown and stacking the box is useless and will be useless if it the norm once again this fall. Of course, if you want this team to play 1973 football and make the franchise QB obsolete, I hope you’re ready for a repeat of 1984-2003, or worse (1933-1969).

          • John Beckwith

            Do less.

          • Craig

            And I’ll trust stats and results over ‘anybody with eyeballs’ just about any day of the week. If you’re going to use QBR only and eyeballs over the facts, then you probably think Tim Couch still has potential.

          • SDAZT_STEEL

            Haha! I seem to remember BB being incredible during Pittsburgh’s first three postseason victories in 2005 & making the necessary plays, 3rd & goal TD run and 3rd & 28 conversion etc., to lead his team to a SB title. In addition, I seem to remember the 4th quarter comeback wins & BB bailing out DLB with the incredible 88 yard drive to win SB XLIII. But yeah, it was all the defense during those years instead of BB passing to set up the run in 2005 and literally willing his team to victory in so many instances back in 2008. Yeah, he played no part in the teams’ successes during those seasons.

            Moreover, by your logic, it seems like BB was only successful because of his defense and running game. Ok, fine, I’ll bite. Yet what do you have to say about Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans having Top 5 defenses last season? Or Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City and Carolina being the league’s best rushing offenses? Please, enlighten me. Did Newton, Wilson, Kaepernick, Brees, Foles and Smith not greatly benefit from this? What makes them “oh so special” in your book compared to BB because that assertion is a joke.

            Instead of jumping the gun and making asinine statements, consider how well Newton will play this fall after his top four WRs left town this spring. In addition, consider how well Nick Foles and the Eagles offense will play without DeSean Jackson and against a league with a year of film on Kelly’s scheme. Ask yourself whether Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith can actually lead their respective teams to Super Bowls, something neither have done in their careers. Finally, will Andrew Luck continue to withstand the type of beatings, usually reserved for BB, for much longer? Hell, had any of these quarterbacks you mentioned played behind the same OL’s Ben has since 2007, they’d be in wheel chairs right now.

            Hilariously enough, I’m sure you’ll be the first on the, “I miss BB” bandwagon once he leaves town, particularly if the moronic FO does not extend him and he is winning games in Arizona, Denver, etc.. I do agree that Roethlisberger won’t win another playoff game in Pittsburgh, but that has more to do with a dullard in the form of Todd Haley being his OC than anything else.

            Also, name me the last team to win a Super Bowl with the type of cap space Pouncey is set to take up. I’m just curious since he is such an “irreplaceable player” who mans that position. I mean, if there’s anybody along the OL who’s irreplaceable it’s gotta be Beachum. He’s the only guy on the roster who is capable of protecting BB’s blind-side on a consistent basis (even though his best positional fit is not at LT at the NFL level). Furthermore, he’s the only other guy on the OL who can step in at any position (including as a blocking TE), and do a serviceable to above-average job.

        • Scott

          Pouncey is coming iff a lost year due to injury so let’s see how he comes back and AB is only as good as he is because Ben is as good as he is; do you think he’d put up the same stats with Gradkowski at QB? Let’s see the 12 QB’S you’d take above Ben?

    • ApexSteel

      You serious? He’s without question the best player on the team.

  • SDAZT_STEEL

    Fernando Velasco and Cody Wallace & their play during the final 15 reg season games of 2013 make the inclusion of Maurkice Pouncey ridiculous. If any OL is irreplaceable it’s Beachum who not only protects BB’s blind-side, but can play & start at any of the other four positions along the line.

    Also, there is no way in hell that Pouncey is more irreplaceable than Troy Polamalu or Heath Miller.